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J. Scott Searl draws from his broad general counsel experience to advise business owners and managers on a wide variety of corporate legal matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, commercial contracts, corporate governance, media law, ethics and compliance, and dispute resolution. He also provides outside general counsel services to businesses which have legal needs but do not have in-house counsel.

Scott previously served as general counsel for two companies, most recently as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of a large media company with responsibility for all legal matters, human resources and other administrative functions.  He also served as general counsel for a technology data center and systems integration firm.  Scott works collaboratively with business owners and managers to help them effectively and efficiently achieve their goals.

Since 1998, Scott has been “AV” rated (highest legal and ethical rating) by Martindale-Hubbell.


  • Creighton University Law School, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1989
  • College of the Holy Cross, BA, History, Magna Cum Laude, 1985

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Nebraska State Bar Association (1989 – Present); Member of Executive Committee of the Corporate Counsel Section (2008 – Present, Elected Vice Chair, 2020)
  • Omaha Bar Association; Member (1989 – Present)
  • American Bar Association; Member (1989 – Present)
  • USLaw Commercial Practice Group (2019 – Present)
  • Boys Town Fundraising Board of Directors (2014 – Present)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities – Omaha Board of Directors (2015 – 2020); Member of Board of Directors and President of RMHC  Omaha Real Estate, Inc. (2018 – Present); President (2017 – 2018)
  • Durham Museum, Board of Directors (2014 – 2018)
  • Omaha World-Herald Company, Board of Directors (2009 – 2011)
  • Opera Omaha, Board of Directors (2004 – 2010); Treasurer & Chair of Finance Committee, and Member of Executive Committee (2008 – 2010)
  • United Way of the Midlands, Board of Directors (2007 – 2009)
  • Creighton University School of Law Alumni Advisory Board; Member of Academic and Curriculum Committees (2004 – 2009)
  • Creighton Prep High School, Parent Advisory Board (2004 – 2011)
  • St. Wenceslaus Parish, Finance Committee (2001 – 2004); Chair (2003 – 2004)
  • PKS Information Services, Inc., Board of Directors (1996 – 1999)
  • Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Omaha (1994 – 1995)
  • Association of Corporate Counsel; Member (1997 – 2018)
  • News Media Alliance, Legal Affairs Committee (2012 – 2018)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1989

Selected Practice Highlights

  • Serving as lead counsel for Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and its subsidiary, BH Media Group, Inc., in the 2020 sale of all BH Media Group publications and the Buffalo News to Lee Enterprises, Incorporated for $140 million and the $576 million single lender secured credit facility made by BH Finance, LLC, a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, to Lee Enterprises
  • Serving as chief legal officer for technology services firm with operations in four states, Brazil, India, Ireland and Mexico, with responsibility for all contract negotiations and intellectual property work
  • Serving as chief legal officer for print, digital and TV media company with over 230 print and digital publications and operations in 11 states
  • Representing client in 13 acquisitions and two divestitures closed in a three-year period
  • Acting as ethics and compliance officer for business with 4,500 employees
  • Representing client in sales and leasing activity for business with 119 locations
  • Serving as corporate secretary responsible for corporate governance, minutes and record-keeping for client with over 40 subsidiaries
  • Serving as member of retirement plan committee for pension plan with $2.9 billion in assets 

Recent Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • “The Corporate Transparency Act — It’s coming! What do you need to know?,” Nebraska State Bar Association Annual Meeting, October 2021
  • “Contract Review and Training,” webinar for client sales and project management team, October 2021
  • “Regulation or De-Regulation: What is on the Horizon and What to Watch Out for,” USLaw Fall Conference, Colorado Springs, September 2021
  • “The Role of In-House or General Counsel,” guest lecturer webinar for Augustana University MBA Business Law class, September 2021
  • “What Does the Nebraska Financial Innovation Act Mean for Banks?,” published in Nebraska Banker Magazine, August 2021
  • “Corporate Law Update,” Baird Holm In-House Counsel Webinar, December 2020
  • “Economic and Legal Impact of COVID-19 on Nebraska Businesses,” Panel Moderator for Nebraska State Bar Association webinar, October 2020
  • “Corporate Law Update,” Baird Holm In-House Counsel Seminar, December 2019
  • “Antitrust Risks and Compliance,” various local sales management teams, 2019
  • “That’s Not Fair: Unfair Business Practices and Wat You Can Do About Them,” USLAW Fall Conference, Washington, D.C., September 2019
  • “How to Prevent and Respond to Unauthorized Use of Your Company’s IP,” Association of Corporate Counsel Mid-America Chapter, July 2019

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